Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive Pedal

Super Overdrive Pedal
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Thick, Smooth Overdrive Sound! Perfect For Leads!

The BOSS SD-1 produces the warm, smooth distortion of an overdriven tube amplifier while maintaining the subtle nuances of your picking technique. Unique asymmetric overdrive circuitry delivers a genuine overdrive effect for a classic guitar sound. A tone control is also provided for precise tonal adjustment.

BOSS SD-1 Guitar Overdrive Pedal Features at a Glance:
  • Smooth overdriven sounds
  • Natural tube amp-style growl
  • Reacts to your playing like a real overdriven amp would
  • Tone, level, and drive controls
  • Great fit for pedalboards
  • BOSS 5-year warranty

Additional Media

BOSS SD-1 Owners Manual
5 Ultimate Metal Rigs
BOSS SD-1 Super Overdrive Pedal Demo

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 2.4"
Width 2.9"
Depth 5.1"
Weight 1 lbs.
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number SD-1

Customer Reviews

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Your ticket to high gain heaven

When looking at OD pedals, I was torn between a Tube Screamer and the SD-1. Though the Tube Screamer is a fantastic OD pedal, the SD-1 has an edgier tone when compared to the TS, aside from being the cheaper pedal (this is subjective, everyone's ears are different). It all boiled down to personal taste and I went with this. Just stick this bad boy in front of your dirt channel, alongside a noise suppressor, and you're good to go.

one of the top 10 and lots of fun

I give Boss SD 1, 5 stars because its sounds and operates at around $200 + at only $49 bucks.Yea Ive got a few high end pedals like Fulltone, Radial and others collecting dust on my board but my TS 808 that I bought new in 1980 has always ended up the top dog.The SD 1 is not likely to usurp that title BUT lately I find myself more and more tapping it in instead of the TS 808.I keep it right in front of the TS, not to use in conjunction but because its just a little more aggressive in tone, great with humbuckers. The TS 808 is more creamy and with that mid range hump is just classic. The SD 1 is VERY similar and has a sweet spot with the drive at 2 o'clock and the rest at 12 o'clock that the TS can't match. At this price and this quality everybody should squeeze one into that board.Thanks much to Mike Harris for that shipping favor.Love the 59,talk to you soon.

Smooth and Creamy

Wow! I bought this pedal having listened to only a few demos on YouTube. I thought it sounded a bit sub-standard. I was tossing around between this and a Electro-Harmonix Soul Food. But in the end I went for the Super Overdrive and I am really impressed. This pedal is really smooth and very expressive at hi-gain and low gain settings. This is the first Boss pedal I have bought and I am amazed.

Great Overdrive Effect

I saw the 'Tone King" on 'YouTube" do a guitar review, and he said he has had one of these for twenty years. So for fifty dollars, I thought I would try this one out. Well, with my Marshall DSL40C with a speaker upgrade (Vintage 30) this pedal sounds nothing less than studio professional. Very record-able. I lean towards a clean sound with slight breakup, and this does the trick in spades. I have bought twenty pedals so far, and if I could go back, I would have bought this one first. I like it a lot. Enough to leave a review. I do like my reissue tube-screamer, but this Boss SD-1 just has a little more edge off the bat so to say. Or at least it really likes the Classic Gain channel on the Marshall amp. I highly recommend for the nice clean overdrive sound.
Music background: Love the electric guitar.

Boss SD-1

This is a great pedal. I use it more now than my DS-1. Great tone and versatility. I now use the DS-1 for the extra boost/drvie.
See also: Distortion Pedals, Boss, Boss Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz